New arrangement comes into effect
The 2014 WRA will provide a 4.5 per cent pay increase over the three years of the arrangement. The decision, announced on November 3, means more than 70,000 ADF permanent and reserve members will get a 1.5 per cent pay increase each November starting this year.
The across-the-board increases will also be applied to the 15 salary-related allowances ADF members can also receive if eligible.
The decision ends the final stage of the 2014 WRA process that began across the ADF in June, with 70 information sessions held in bases around the nation, attended by more than 3300 members from the three Services.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison said the approval of the 2014 WRA followed extensive
negotiation by Defence’s senior leadership.
“The CDF advocated very strongly for the servicemen and women of the ADF through the WRA negotiations and I am confident that the ADF has negotiated the best agreement possible within the current environment,” Lt-Gen Morrison said.
“The WRA is part of an ongoing remuneration journey, which began in 2006 when the ADF reviewed its pay structures and categories, along with discretionary benefits.
“This continual process of reform, along with successive WRAs, is designed to ensure that the ADF retains a contemporary employment package.”
The implementation plan for the six productivity measures is yet to be finalised. The changes will not be implemented before March 1, 2015.
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